Flights of fancy or reality?

Moon - Asia Times

Few people think of commercial development beyond earth, or the two Poles, but China is exploring the potential in space with its lunar program Peter J. Brown Asia Times When one thinks of development few would even consider anything beyond earth, or the extremes of the North and South Poles. But just like… Flights of fancy… Read More »

Are Soas students right to ‘decolonise’ their minds from western philosophers?

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Outraged headlines erupted when students launched a campaign to challenge the great western philosophers. We went to the source of dissent – London’s School of Oriental and African Studies – to investigate Kenan Malik The Guardian “They Kant be serious!”, spluttered the Daily Mail headline in its most McEnroe-ish tone. “PC students demand white… Are Soas students… Read More »

Why We Should All Watch A Bit Of Crap TV

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Nelly Thomas makes the case for wading into free to air television, if for no other reason than perspective and an education. Nelly Thomas New Matilda Dear New Matilda Readers, I’m writing to implore you to watch some shit telly. When I say… Why We Should… Read More »

The Red Detachment of Women marches forward – but to where?

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National Ballet of China has been traveling the world performing its signature oeuvre, which has attracted both anger and applause Antonia Finnane Asia Times The National Ballet of China has come to Melbourne armed to the teeth for the Australian premiere of its signature oeuvre, The Red Detachment of Women, first staged in 1964. This strongly narrative… The Red Detachment… Read More »

Between genders in Prague

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One of Europe’s most developed post-communist countries struggles to let go of binary identities. Morgan Childs Politico PRAGUE — Viktor Heumann lives in limbo: not as a female, the gender that appears on his national ID card, and not as a male, the gender with which he identifies. To bureaucrats and officials, he is gender-neutral “Viki.” Heumann is one… Between genders in… Read More »

Aboriginal mothers in WA jails discuss domestic violence in lives, as study finds ‘culture of fighting’

Violence - ABC

“There was no way I was going to stand back and let a man flog me, so I gave just as much as he tried to give.” Nicolas Perpitch ABC Those were the words of Leonie, the pseudonym for one of 84 Aboriginal mothers in West Australian jails who were interviewed for a new report on the role of intergenerational violence in their lives. Almost 90 per cent of… Aboriginal mothers in… Read More »

It’s Time To Stop Living On The Internet

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Civil, meaningful discourse isn’t going to happen on Facebook or Twitter. Gracy Olmstead The Federalist It happens when we set the vitriol aside and break bread together. This week, I didn’t… It’s Time To Stop… Read More »

Dutch politics stops minding its language

Dutch prime minister and Liberal party VVD-leader Mark Rutte (L) with Geert Wilders, leader of populist party PVV on  September 6, 2012 prepare for a debate in the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. Liberals and Labour are in close election race-poll, 6 days before the general elections on 12 September. AFP PHOTO/ ROBIN UTRECHT
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The prime minister is starting to sound like his main challenger, giving a coarse tone to the campaign. Naomi O’Leary Politico AMSTERDAM — Prime Minister Mark Rutte is imitating the brash rhetorical style of opponent Geert Wilders as he tries to fend off the advance of his far-right party ahead of a March election. Wilders’ Freedom Party (PVV) has… Dutch politics stops… Read More »

Donald Trump Supporters Are Playing With Nationalistic Fire: Welcome To The Age Of Unreason

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In a post-truth world where ‘alternative facts’ are now peddled by leaders and their advisers, the need for a transparent media is greater than ever, writes Johan Lidberg. Dr Johan Lidberg New Matilda Trump in the US, Brexit in the UK, Le Pen in France, Hanson in Australia, racist and xenophobic party gains in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Holland, Austria, Poland and Hungary – the common denominators are… Donald Trump Supporters Are… Read More »

When She’s The Boss

Marriage - The Daily Caller

Netflix’s new series, The Crown, is a fascinating portrait of the unusual marriage between Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip and highlights a cutting-edge marital dynamic: one in which the wife, not the husband, is head of the household. Suzanne Venker The Daily Caller When Elizabeth II was named Queen in 1952, Prince Philip forfeited his naval career to support his wife—which was, as Julie Miller writes in Vanity Fair, “an uncomfortably advanced spousal dynamic, especially for a… When She’s The… Read More »

Dark Knight of America’s soul

Knight - Asia Times

Weapons, warriors & fear is the New Order for America William J. Astore Asia Times I came of age during America’s Cold War with the Soviet Union, witnessing its denouement while serving in the US military. In those days, the USSR led the world’s weapons trade, providing arms to the Warsaw Pact as well as… Dark Knight of… Read More »

Lunar New Year: Meet the men who have learned to think like lions

Lions - CNN

Hong Kong (CNN)Over a billion people will celebrate the start of Lunar New Year this Saturday. Stephy Chung, Herbert Chow and Sai Ho CNN Customs practiced leading up to and during the 15-day period known as Spring Festival, include setting off fireworks to ward off evil spirits and eating dumplings. The most recognized celebration though… Lunar New Year: Meet the men who… Read More »

The Statue Of Liberty Poem Is Now A Weapon In America’s Culture War

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Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! Scott Greer The Daily Caller We’re all familiar with those words written by Emma Lazarus over a 100 years ago and emblazoned on the Statue of Liberty. It’s embedded into our culture… The Statue Of Liberty Poem Is… Read More »

How the Women of the Mormon Church Came to Embrace Polygamy

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A HOUSE FULL OF FEMALES Plural Marriage and Women’s Rights in Early Mormonism, 1835-1870 By Laurel Thatcher Ulrich By BEVERLY GAGE The New York Times Laurel Thatcher Ulrich is a historian’s historian. For more than three decades, she has dazzled her profession with archival discoveries, creative spark and an ability to see “history” where it… Her most… How the Women… Read More »

The Guardian view on Australia Day: change the date

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26 January – a day that marks the beginning of Indigenous dispossession – is the wrong day for national… Editorial The Guardian Respectful debate is the best way to a solution that will allow all Australians to join the… Mick Dodson explained succinctly why he… The Guardian view… Read More »

Reports: ISIS destroys facade of Roman theater in Syrian city of Palmyra

Palmyra - CNN

(CNN) – ISIS fighters have destroyed part of the historic Roman amphitheater in the ancient city of Palmyra. Jomana Karadsheh, Kareem Khadder and Lauren Said-Moorhouse CNN Syrian authorities say recent satellite images confirm renewed devastation in the ancient oasis city, according to a statement Friday from the Syrian Directorate General for Antiquities and Museums. “The imagery shows significant… Reports: ISIS destroys facade of… Read More »